List of Surveys and Funding Opportunities for Caribbean Museums, Arts & Heritage in the time of COVID-19

This is a working document of surveys and funding opportunities to assist Caribbean Museums, Arts and Heritage in the time of COVID-19.

Additions to this document can be sent to:




Country Institution Description Link
Global International Council of Museums Museums, museum professionals and COVID-19

Help us gather information on how the pandemic is affecting the museum sector around the world. A global vision will help us give a stronger and clearer response on how to support museums through this difficult time.


Caribbean and Diaspora Commonwealth Association of Museums, Museums Association of the Caribbean, ICOM Barbados The Commonwealth Association of Museums (CAM) is collaborating with ICOM Barbados and the Museums Association of the Caribbean (MAC) to develop a Caribbean-Canadian Museum Exchange.

ICOMB has received funding from the International Council of Museums (ICOM) to support this project; this is in addition to funds CAM has received from the Edmonton Heritage Council.

This exchange workshop will provide professional development opportunities for individuals working in museums, culture and heritage organisations across the Caribbean and in the Caribbean diaspora in Canada.

The first workshop which will take place in the Caribbean, hopefully late this Fall, global health conditions permitting.

In support for this project a needs assessment had been generated and it is very important that heritage professionals complete this survey to demonstrate interest/need for this initiative.


Through this survey the project tram hopes to learn what topics participants would be most interested in learning, and how to best deliver the workshops.

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact the Caribbean-Canadian Museum Exchange Co-ordinator, Shona MacKay,, or Catherine C. Cole, Secretary General of CAM ,

Do not miss this opportunity to build capacity within the region and receive targeted training for the Caribbean’s specific special heritage needs!
Barbados Barbados National Art Gallery April 15th marked UNESCO World Art Day, and in tandem with the UNESCO ResiliArt debate, the Barbados National Art Gallery would like to hear from Barbadian artists! The ResiliArt debate brings together artists and key industry actors to sound the alarm on the impact of COVID-19 on the livelihoods of artists and cultural professionals. The debate is designed to inform the development of policies and financial mechanisms that can help creators and communities to overcome the crisis.


Many artists and cultural professionals in Barbados have always had to find creative ways of maintaining their practice in our local context, and this pandemic has again given rise to a new challenge that requires innovative ways of connecting with the public and sharing their practice during this time of restriction and confinement. Share your experiences via the survey.
Caribbean Compete Caribbean / The National Cultural Foundation Barbados CREATIVE SECTOR SURVEY

Compete Caribbean is conducting a short survey to better understand needs among Micro, Small, and Medium Enterprises (MSMEs) in the Caribbean as it relates to funding and the impact of COVID.

The Compete Caribbean Partnership Facility (CCPF) is a private sector development that delivers innovative and practical solutions that stimulate economic growth, increase productivity and foster innovation and competitiveness. CCPF is a partnership between the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB), the UK Department for International Development (DFID), the Caribbean Development Bank (CDB), and the Government of Canada and operates in 13 countries across the Caribbean region.

We invite all creatives to complete the survey.





Funding Opportunities


Country Institution Description Link Deadline
Caribbean Central Development Bank Overview
The Cultural and Creative Industries Innovation Fund (CIIF) was established in 2017 with an initial USD2.6 million in capitalisation from the Caribbean Development Bank. It is intended to be a multi-donor fund, which will support the development of the creative industries (CI) sector in the Caribbean. CIIF’s goal is to enable the region’s cultural and creative industries to be globally competitive.


The CIIF provides grant funding for innovative projects within the creative industries sector. These projects should be focused on:
supporting the enabling environment for the development of the creative industry
improving the quality and dissemination of research on the CI sector
enhancing or creating data intelligence or data collection methods in ways that can move the sector forward and;
enhancing the technical capacity of creative entrepreneurs.
Projects must demonstrate a significant measure of innovation, collaboration and sustainability.


Governments, Business Support Organisations, Universities, Non-Governmental Organisations and Creative Enterprises from all sectors can apply. However, CIIF has five priority sub-sectors. These include:
1. Fashion
2. Visual Arts
3. Audio-visual (Film, Animation, Gaming)
4. Festivals and Carnivals
5. Music

How to Apply
There are three grant streams available under CIIF – Enabling Environment, Data Intelligence, and Improved Competitiveness of Creative MSMEs (micro, small and medium enterprises). Potential applicants should first review the selection criteria to help them determine which stream would best suit their projects. Applicants are required to complete the specific application form for the grant for which they are applying.
Download CIIF Booklet for selection criteria


Calls Open
In light of the loss of revenue by creative industry practitioners due to the effects of COVID-19, CDB has allocated USD 50,000 for the Music sub-sector and USD 50,000 for the Festivals and Carnivals sub-sector for CIIF Emergency Relief Grants.

This grant is targeted at CI entrepreneurs who can demonstrate loss of income for music, festival and carnival events that have been cancelled as a result of COVID-19. May 20th 2020
Jamaica Kingston Creative In light of the impact on creative people and businesses from the COVID-19 outbreak, Kingston Creative is introducing a new pot of funds for virtual arts activities, called Digital Commissions. Understanding that it is critical to keep creatives earning and visible during this time, the arts NGO is allocating J$2,700,000 to new commissions that creatives in Jamaica can apply to until – May 31, 2020 by contacting May 31st 2020
Global The Lumen Prize


The Lumen Prize for Art and Technology is a juried international competition offering a prize fund of $11.5k for works in multiple categories. Now in its 9th year, The Lumen Prize has already awarded over $80,000 in prize money and has staged over 40 exhibitions worldwide, including London, New York, Shanghai, Beijing, Hong Kong, Cardiff, Leeds, Amsterdam, and Athens.

This year we have a prize particular to artists working in countries located in the Southern Hemisphere.


June 12th 2020
Global Visa Foundation The Visa Foundation  announced a commitment of two programs totaling $210 million to support small and micro businesses, aligning with the Foundation’s long-term focus on women’s economic advancement and inclusive economic development, and to address an urgent need from local communities following the spread of COVID-19.

The first program of $10 million is designated for immediate emergency relief to support charitable organizations on the frontlines responding to the COVID-19 pandemic, such as public health and food relief, in each of the five geographic regions in which Visa operates: North America; Latin America and the Caribbean; Europe; Asia Pacific; and Central Europe, Middle East and Africa.


Global The Adolph and Esther Gottlieb Emergency Grant Fund


The Adolph and Esther Gottlieb Emergency Grant program is intended to provide interim financial assistance to qualified artists whose needs are the result of an unforeseen, catastrophic incident, and who lack the resources to meet that situation. Each grant is given as one-time assistance for a specific emergency, examples of which are fire, flood, or emergency medical need. The program does not consider requests for dental work, chronic situations, capital improvements, or projects of any kind; nor can it consider situations resulting from general indebtedness or lack of employment. The maximum amount of this grant is $15,000; an award of $5,000 is typical. Applicants should be aware that this is a grant program, and that each application is considered on its merits within the criteria of the program. While we attempt to provide assistance to as many applicants as we can, the filing of an application is not, nor should it be perceived as, a guarantee of funding


This program has no deadlines.



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